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Everything to Know About Booking a fishing charter in Punta Gorda

What are the best fishing charters in Punta Gorda?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 3 trips in Punta Gorda, and the most popular trips in the area are Punta Gorda Tarpon Special guided by Mike, Fly Fishing Backcountry & Flats guided by Roger, and Light Tackle Backcountry guided by Roger.

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Other popular fishing spots nearby for booking a charter include Bokeelia, Placida and Fort Myers.

What types of fishing charters are common in Punta Gorda?

Inshore fishing is the most popular in Punta Gorda as well as flats fishing, nearshore fishing, and river fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Punta Gorda are: 1. tarpon, 2. redfish, 3. snook, 4. speckled trout / spotted seatrout, and 5. jack crevalle.

The most common fishing techniques in Punta Gorda are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and sight casting but artificial lure fishing and fly fishing are popular as well.

How much do Punta Gorda fishing charters cost?

in Punta Gorda prices can range anywhere from $400 to $1,200, but the average price for a half day in Punta Gorda is $475. The average price for a full day in Punta Gorda is $948.

When is the best time to go fishing in Punta Gorda?

The best time to go fishing can depend on a number of factors. Call us to talk fishing!

Where can I get a Punta Gorda fishing license and what are the bag limits in Punta Gorda?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Punta Gorda, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Punta Gorda. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Punta Gorda.

Punta Gorda Fishing Charters

Punta Gorda has options for anglers of all ages and experience levels. Just pull up a map to see the unlimited fishing waters Punta Gorda has to offer. Located where the Peace River meets the Gasparilla Sound, Punta Gorda has direct access to prime inshore waters. A short boat ride away is Boca Grande and further out is productive deep sea fishing grounds. This variety of habitat gives anglers a unique opportunity to target multiple bucket list species in the same trip. The sheer volume of fishable water is incredible and makes it one of the best fisheries in the Gulf.

Punta Gorda Inshore Fishing

Fishing in Punta Gorda is a year-round affair with something always in season. The only question is what you want to target. Inshore trips are the most popular Punta Gorda because of the quantity and quality of fish here. There are endless inshore waters to be fished between the Peace River, Myakka River, and the Gasparilla Sound.

Punta Gorda is a prime location to go after the Backcountry Slam which consists of catching a redfish, speckled trout, and a snook all in a single day. As April comes around, tarpon fishing heats up and, these migrating Tarpon can be caught through August. As the summer heat subsides and fall comes around, bull Redfish, snook, and speckled trout head up into the flats and intertidal creeks. This is an excellent time to sight-fish for redfish, and take a shot at the Backcountry Slam.

Punta Gorda Deep Sea and Nearshore Fishing Charters

For those looking to leave land behind, there are plenty of Punta Gorda deep sea fishing charters available. There are highly productive nearshore and offshore fishing grounds just a short boat ride from the heart of town. The transition from winter to early spring brings hard-fighting game fish like Cobia and Permit to the nearshore reefs that dot the waters off of Punta Gorda.

Continuing into the summer, tarpon arrive in waters around 20 feet deep and within 1-3 miles off the shore. For those longer trips out to deeper offshore fishing, various species of grouper, snapper, and other deepwater structure dwellers can be caught year-round. Fishing in Punta Gorda during the winter is every bit as productive as in the summer. In the colder months, prized game fish like amberjack and kingfish reign supreme.

Things to do in Punta Gorda, FL



There are plenty of events and attractions around Punta Gorda to keep the whole family entertained when you get off the water. Visit any number of the nearby beaches which offer beautiful water, soft white sand, and scenic views, all of which will help anyone relax. If you like adventure, take the whole crew out to see the manatees or dolphins with an eco-tour. For the 21+ crowd, Punta Gorda has more than enough options for bars and nightlife.

Punta Gorda Tides and Weather

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